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The Census asks questions about language use at home to locate groups of people who speak a language other than English. Their isolation or integration into a primarily English speaking community can be determined by their ability to speak English proficiently.

Language Spoken at Home, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Only English 6,366 84.27% 5,104 84.03%
Spanish 66 0.87% 45 0.74%
Other Indo-European* 124 1.64% 40 0.66%
Asian Language** 54 0.71% 13 0.21%
Other 944 12.50% 872 14.36%
Total Population Age 5+ 7,554 100.00% 6,074 100.00%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 2000
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 9 20.00%
Other Indo-European* 4 10.00%
Asian Language** 0 0.00%
Other Language 221 25.34%
Total 234 3.85%

Population Speaking English Less Than "Very Well" in 1990
Language Spoken at Home: Number Percent
Spanish 20 30.30%
Other Indo-European* 19 15.32%
Asian Language** 25 46.30%
Other Language 330 34.96%
Total 394 5.22%

* "Other Indo-European" excludes English and Spanish. "Indo-European" is not synonymous with "European." French, German, Hindi, and Persian are all classified as Indo-European. Hungarian, on the other hand, is lumped into "Other Language."

** "Asian Language" includes languages indigenous to Asia and Pacific islands areas that are not also Indo-European languages. Chinese, Japanese, Telugu, and Hawaiian are all classified here.

Also note that ability to speak English "very well" is based on the self-assessment of those responding to Census questions, not on a test of language ability.

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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